Archive - 2014
The threat of a potential lawsuit could loom for St. Marys City Council pending its proposed oil and gas zoning ordinance according to an attorney representing Seneca Resources.
"Seneca would be precluded from developing thousands of acres if this ordinance is adopted as is," said Seneca's attorney Chris Nestor of K&L Gates, based in Harrisburg.
He added Seneca interests, as well as those of other oil and gas rights within the city would be severely impacted by the ordinance.
RIDGWAY â€“ County officials have spent much of the last 12 months disbursing Act 13 Marcellus Shall impact fees funding to local municipalities and entities.
RIDGWAY â€“ Figures released recently show Elk County's unemployment rate lower than any of its counterparts within the North Central region.
Figures accumulated from August 2013 through August 2014 show Elk County with an average of 5.57 percent. The state average for the same time period totals 6.48 percent while the national average is 6.6 percent.
"Weâ€™re very happy to see that Elk County has the lowest unemployment rate in the North Central area," said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer. "There has been a lot of movement with the gas industry and other local companies."
RIDGWAY TWP. â€“ The Ridgway Township Supervisors expressed disagreement during Tuesday's monthly supervisors meeting over the progress that is being made towards the enactment of a new zoning ordinance throughout the township.
Ridgway Township supervisors are discussing the creation and implementation of a zoning ordinance related to the oil and gas industry, and disagreements occurred about whether or not the supervisors were acting quickly enough to avoid being sued by residents.
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RIDGWAY â€“ A Ridgway man is charged with simple assault and harassment after police were dispatched for a 911 hang-up call in the area of the 400 block of Allenhurst Avenue on Oct. 19 around 4 a.m.
Once in the area, Patrolman Ralph J. Tettis Jr. of the Ridgway Borough Police called the number that had reportedly called 911 and hung up. A male, who identified himself as Mark Welker, 23, of 240 Spring Garden Rd., Ridgway, reportedly answered the phone.
"Everything was fine here," Welker reportedly told the officer. "It was an accident."
Joseph T. Renwick, 73, of 133 Terrace Rd., St. Marys, died surrounded by his family on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 at the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh after a lengthy illness.
The over three-hour St. Marys City Council meeting on Monday evening sparked debate as an attorney for Seneca Resources took aim at council's impending oil and gas ordinance.
Chris Nestor, a Harrisburg-based attorney, encouraged council members to closely examine where their authority lies, their legal limitations, and consequences they may face in enacting their proposed ordinance.
Nestor indicated that Seneca officials have the right to use their property as they see fit as does any other property owner in the city.
KERSEY â€“ On Oct. 11, the Jewels of Hope Relay For Life team held a Masquerade ball at The Red Fern.
As guests arrived they were escorted in by Jeff Buchheit where they would sign in and offered a mask if they did not have one. Once they were done, Dave Carr then would announce them as a team member and would escort them to their table.
Guests were serenaded by Paul Fehrenbach as he played his beautiful violin while they visited and waited for the rest of the guests to arrive.
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